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A sense of disappointment

Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
November 4, 2010

Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz

It's hard to believe Thursday evening was the first time MGMT had ever played in Nashville. The sold out crowd was eager for the psychedelic rock band to take the stage. As the lights dimmed, glow sticks lit up the Ryman Auditorium. MGMT entered and went straight into their set, rarely stopping to address the eager audience. While at times they sounded younger than their records, they failed to put passion into their songs. For a band with such engaging upbeat songs, the audience didn't begin to perk up until singles "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel." And despite having a full band, they proceeded to sing to a track on their much beloved "Kids." Maybe the venue choice was the blame, the wooden pews of the Ryman didn't lend themselves to the dance party the show could have been. Seeming to merely play through their set list without thought, they left some in the venue with a sense of disappointment.

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